Restoring a Cast Iron and Wood Park Bench

Hey there, Mea here!

This little bench has so much potential, and with a bit of TLC, I am going to give it a new look. It was an iron and wood park bench that was given to me by my mother. The seat was pretty worn down, and the metal was starting to rust, however, it is still a beautiful piece. Considering that there was no significant damage even after its been out in the elements, all I had to do was just even it out, clean it up, and give it a fresh coat of paint. In this project, I am going to restore this old park bench and show you how it was done. Let’s begin!


  • Paint and Primer (Exterior)
  • Electric or Hand Sander
  • 120 to 220 Grit
  • Paint Brushes
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap (Optional)
  • Safety Gear (Gloves, glasses, etc.)
  • Rustoleum Can Spray (Black – Semi-Gloss)
  • Polyurethane
  • Lemon Juice, Baking Soda, or Vinegar
  • Water
  • Steel Wool Pad
  • Tack Cloth

Safety Tips

Make sure you were proper protection (i.e., safety glasses, plastic gloves, regular work gloves, face masks, etc.) when working with chemicals and sanding wood.


Breaking It Down

The first step was to break the bench down to allow me to work with all of the pieces separately. Since the bench was a little loose to start due to a missing screw, it became a little easier to get things going. (Note, make sure that you put all of your screws in a small cup so that you won’t lose them.)

Refinishing the Metal Frame

My next focus was on refinishing the metal frame. Before I applied the finish, I removed any by dampening the space and using baking soda to the rusted areas. After sitting for a few minutes, I took a steel wool pad, scrubbed off what I could and rinsed it off with water. Once the pieces were dry, I used Rustoleum spray paint (suitable for metal) to repaint the metal frame. As that was drying, my next focus was to work on sanding the wood pieces.


Since there was still some old paint on the wood, I used an electric sander with 120 grit to remove the remaining paint. After I removed the remaining paint, I went back over the wood with a 180 grit and 220 to smooth out the wood and used tack cloth in between to remove any remaining dust particles. 

Finishing the Wood

Now it was time to paint the wood pieces. The color I choose to go with the black was a “Pumpkin Patch” Orange exterior paint that I purchased from Home Depot (I guess I was in the Halloween spirit :-)). I added primer then two coats of paint. (Note: Once you paint one side, allow the painted side to completely dry, and then flip the wood and start working on the other side.)

After everything was complete, I gave it a coat of poly to make sure that it can hold up to the elements! After letting it dry 24 to 48 hours, I put everything back together, placed it on my porch. A beautiful finish for an old bench.

A simple revamp can make a world of difference!

Well now that you have seen this beauty, what do you think? Thanks for tuning in and Happy Revamping!

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